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Fundraising Goal Exceeded


We met our fundraising goal! As of April 24, we have deposited $50,150 in receipts restricted to the Young Readers 1:1 Challenge Grant, exceeding our first goal of raising $50,000 by May 1, 2017. This means NEH will match that with a $50,000 deposit to our account. Read more about our Young Readers Initiative on the SDHC blog

Thank you to our generous donors who helped us meet our goal! Click below for the full list of donors. 


We are now working to meet our second goal of raising another $50,000 in matching NEH funds by May 1, 2018. To assist with that effort, please click below. 

Thank You For Your Support

Thank you for your continued support of the humanities. The FY 2017 omnibus bill passed on May 3 with the NEH, a major source of SDHC funding, receiving a $1.9 million increase for 2017. 

The Trump administration has since released its comprehensive budget for the Federal government for FY 2018.

NEH Deputy Chair Margaret Plympton released the following statement regarding the 2018 budget.

"The White House has requested that Congress appropriate approximately $42 million to NEH for the orderly closure of the agency. This amount includes funds to meet matching grant offers in effect as of October 1, 2017, as well as funds to cover administrative expenses and salaries associated with the closure." 

Please visit our advocacy page to find out how you can advocate for the humanities. We'll need your support as we face this next challenge. 



  1. When he decided to make a living drawing comic books, Gene Luen Yang faced not only the long odds that come with any such dream, but also an obstacle. Continue Reading

  2. Fiction authors are no strangers to writers block. But once in a while, the story literally "writes itself." Kathleen Grissom knows what that feels like. Continue Reading

  3. As in years past, the 2017 South Dakota Festival of Books will feature a strong lineup of Veteran authors. It will also feature an opportunity for aspiring Veteran writers to show the professionals what they can do. Continue Reading

  4. While 2017 has been challenging for the South Dakota Humanities Council, things took a turn for the better with two major victories in a matter of ten days. Continue Reading

Programs & Events

11:00 am | Bird Cage Book Store
8:30 am | Sioux Falls Elementary Schools, Varies
9:00 am | Fort Sisseton State Park
9:00 am | Fort Sisseton State Park
10:30 am | Tri-Sate Museum and Visitors Center
1:30 pm | Bear Butte State Park
9:00 am | Fort Sisseton State Park
9:00 am | The Retreat at Pointer's Ridge

South Dakota Humanities Council

The South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC), founded in 1972 in response to an act of Congress, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota. Our vision is to "lead statewide advocacy for the humanities, working with other partners to foster literary and civic engagement." This programming vision forms the core mission:

The South Dakota Humanities Council celebrates literature, promotes civil conversation, and tells the stories that define our state.

It’s technology married with liberal arts, humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing.
- Steve Jobs (the late founder and CEO, Apple)